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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Thriller: Guillotine (1961)

Season 2, Episode 2

Guillotine is a period piece set in the French Revolution.  Ida Lupino is in the director's chair, once again, and does a great job with the episode.  While IMDB gives this one an 8.1 rating, I'm not feeling the love. 

The story involves a condemned man who faces the guillotine.  He learns of a loop hole which might get him out of his execution and so he sends his girlfriend to do the deed.  The best acting in this episode came from Robert Middleton who plays the executioner.  He has a long resume of television credits and this performance shows us why.  He is definitely the bright spot in Guillotine.

I would not call this episode either horror or a thriller.  It feels more like a crime drama with a clever ending.  It's solid but I can't get too excited about it.

RATING: Good.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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